Brexit Minister Meets Family Business Leaders
8th December 2016
Family business leaders this week met Lord Bridges, from the Department of Exiting the European Union, to discuss the upcoming Brexit negotiations. The roundtable meeting, organised by the Institute for Family Business, saw business owners and managers from across the UK discuss topics including business investment, skills and the future regulatory framework.
DExEU Minister Lord Bridges said: "The Government will do everything possible to protect, enhance and maximise the opportunities for British business as we prepare for our departure from the European Union.
"We are consulting widely with business and today's meeting has provided a valuable opportunity to hear and take on board views from a range of leading family-run companies.
"The UK is an outward looking nation and we will build on our existing strengths to forge new relationships. We want our exit to be as smooth as possible so we can deliver maximum certainty for businesses and workers."
Speaking after the roundtable meeting IFB Executive Director Elizabeth Bagger said: “Family business is the backbone of the UK economy. Family firms in the UK now employ over 12 million people and generate a quarter of GDP. Family business leaders across the country have many questions about what Brexit means for their businesses, communities and the wider UK economy. It is important for business and the Government to work together to secure the best deal for the whole country, and we look forward to continuing our work with Lord Bridges and his Department”.
Lord Bridges with IFB Policy Committee Chair Mark Samworth